Baggett To Debut 450 In Vegas

Cycle News Staff | July 18, 2012

Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett will make his 450cc class debut in the Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.

Baggett, who is currently leading the AMA 250cc Motocross Championship, will make the jump up on the hybrid Supercross/motocross track.

“A million dollars up for grabs – that is probably the coolest thing I have ever heard of, and to be a part of that would be a cool thing,” Baggett said in a Feld Motorsports release. “I don’t have much time on a 450cc, but when the time comes, we’ll put a little bit of time into it.”

In addition to his success this year in the outdoor series, the 20-year-old Baggett has won three Supercross Lites Class Main Events in his career and finished fourth in the 2012 Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship. Baggett also finished fourth in 2011, when he scored two wins and an additional six podium finishes.

The 2012 Monster Energy Cup will feature an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles and more than 200 feet of the track will be built into the grandstands. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check. Any rider who wins all three main events will take home $1 million.